Record retention

Published in the May 2019 issue of Washington Update

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) pursuant to the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The FAST Act requires the Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) to extend the period of time manufacturers of motor vehicles, tires and child restraint systems must retain records concerning defects and malfunctions that may be related to motor vehicle safety under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Safety Act). Section 24403 of the FAST Act directs the Secretary to issue a rule increasing the time of record retention to a period not less than ten years, instead of five years as presently required under the regulatory provisions. Pursuant to its delegated authority, NHTSA is proposing to update our regulations in accordance with this mandate. This proposed update is not intended to change the scope of the existing rule, other than as specifically described in this notice, but is intended to aid in efficiently and effectively improving the agency's ability to identify safety defects and noncompliances. Comments must be submitted by July 15, 2019. Agency Contact: Thomas Healy 202-366-2992.

PUBLISHED: 5/15/2019; ACTION: NPRM; REFERENCE: 84 FR 21741; REG: 49 CFR Part 576.

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